Things to do in Cocle
Cocle is, very similar to Chiriqui, a province with very high contrast. Especially The climate and the landscape of the province vary greatly. In Cocle there is a touristically well developed highland region where the locals attach great importance to sustainable eco-tourism and wellness. In contrast to Cocles Coastline at the Pacific Ocean, that is characterized more by large hotel resorts where you can spend your all-inclusive vacations.
Trekking - Especially the highlands of Cocle are renowned for its excellent hiking trails. The landscape is simply breathtaking and teeming with life. Here it seems that nature has to be perfectly in tact and is reflected in its greatest splendor. The sheer number of orchids and butterflies in this region are already a proof to this immense biodiversity. El Valle de Anton offers a lot in terms of trekking. From there, a variety of hikes to waterfalls, rivers, caves and viewpoints are offered.
Bird Watching - The bird lovers in Cocle get their money's worth. The highly abundant nature is home to many species of birds. Here you can spot plenty of toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, motmots, eagles and singingbirds.
Rafting - Rafting is also a very popular activity in Cocle. The River Rio Grande offers the perfect conditions for kayaking or river rafting. It passes through tropical jungle and the best rafting season is between June and December.
Beach vacation - Cocle is, thanks to the beaches of Playa Blanca, El Farallon and Playa Santa Clara, the number one beach holiday destination in Panama. With its white sandy beaches and its turquoise waters Cocle is highly attractive for countless tourists from around the world. There are mainly large hotel resorts with all inclusive offers and packages.
Canopy - Also in Cocle, there is a canopy zip line, which allows visitors to look at the vast landscape of the region from several meters height. Particularly in El Valle de Anton or Anton Vally this activity is exercised.
Wellness and Spa - The highlands of Cocle are blessed due to its higher elevation with pleasant climate and moderate temperatures. Therefore the concept and offers of numerous hotels focus on health and wellness. Some hotels have their own spa and pamper guests with massages, sauna and thermal springs.
Yoga - Who, other than relaxing and unwinding, also wants to do something for physical fitness has, in many hotels the opportunity to practice yoga, surrounded by beautiful nature.
Highlights in Cocle
- Pacific Coast of Cocle - Playa Blanca, Playa Santa Clara and El Farallon are beautiful beaches with white sand and azure blue sea. There are the most exclusive hotel resorts throughout Panama.
- El Valle de Anton - This idyllic mountain village is located several hundred meters above sea level and attracts many hikers and ecotourists. Every Sunday, in addition there is a weekly market where you can buy a lot of typical local crafts.
- Highlands of Penonome - The Highlands of Penonome are very interesting because they have remained very natural and undeveloped. The inhabitants are predominantly indigineous origin and work in tourism or maintain themselves with agriculture. There are also many rivers, waterfalls and animals to admire
How to get to Cocle?
By plane - The airport in Rio Hato is currently under construction. The airport is expected to receive charter flights very soon, which will bring tourists to the hotel resorts on the beach.
By bus - There are several buses that run from Albrook Bus Terminal in Panama City directly to Penonome. You can also take buses, e.g. that go to Chitre, Las Tablas or David. They all will make a stop in Penonome.
By car - The journey to Cocle by car is just like travelling by bus.
Panama Travel Tip
For cultural enthusiasts Coclé is of course a must. Archaeological finds in the archaeological site of El Cano are evidence of a very ancient and sophisticated pre-Columbian culture. The well-preserved remnants of this ancient civilization are to marvel at the Museo de Penenomé.